Desert Souls

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They have souls, you know.
The trees, the birds, the mountains…
they have living souls.

We used to know that.
We just became deaf and blind
or just looked away.

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Bigger fish to fry –
We put them on balance sheets —
Costs and benefits.

Trees come and trees go,
they’re “renewable” they say
— color of money.

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My old Juniper,
on the hill, could tell stories
of Coronado.

The crippled old Sage,
bent from age and it’s own weight,
survives — as I do.

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Gambel’s Quail worry
after their two dozen chicks
scratching in dry grass.

I must watch my step.
I’m ankle deep in quail chicks;
they panic and run.

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Three crows pass the time
wondering what I’m up to
in my funny hat.

Lizards sun themselves
then sprint down my courtyard wall
in search of their lunch.

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By my waterfall
somebody’s building a den —
a rock squirrel, maybe?

They are sly devils —
hiding cactus with the twigs
to keep me at bay.

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Roadrunner appears
and strolls through the open gate.
Lizards run for cover.

Desert Cottontails
lounge in shade under my truck.
Hawks can’t see them there.

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Jackrabbits visit
but don’t stay. They are wary
and solitary.

They are hit and run
artists – seldom seen, but there,
eating my bonsai.

 

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Evening brings Doves
to bathe in my Goldfish pond.
Hummingbirds dogfight.

The colored sunset
paints the mountain a deep red
as day goes to night.

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Constellations dance
to a faint and distant song —
Coyotes at night.

The morning footprints
tell tales of night visitors.
unseen and silent.

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They have souls, you know.
The trees, the birds, the mountains…
they have living souls.

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The Home Place, 2017

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